IBM predicts mind-reading mobile phones in 2016
Since 2006, IBM has published an annual end-of-year forecast called the “Five in Five,” a list of five technological innovations the company thinks will change the way people live and work in the next five years. This year’s forecast contains mind-reading mobile phones.
IBM forecasts that advances in EEG technology and other sensors will enable devices like smartphones to respond to thought-based commands. Users will be able to place a call just by thinking about it, or control a cursor on a computer screen using their thoughts. IBM predicts the technology will begin to move into mainstream gaming and entertainment, especially when combined with bioinformatics systems that can read facial expressions and evaluate levels of concentration and other activities.
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